NASA artist: illustrators team up with scientists to create pictures of outer space.
What do NASA artist do? We construct a visual reference to help people understand science," says Robert Hurt, a visualization scientist at NAS6Is Spitzer Science Center, "whether that's taking data from the Spitzer Space Telescope and turning it into an image or looking at a result and creating a piece of artwork that helps communicate the main idea."
What's an excting piece of artwork you've created? "We did a planetary smashup animation," says Hurt. "The scientist's results showed that there was basically a collision between an object the size of Mercury and something the size of the moon. It was really spectacular."
What's your favorite part of the job? "There's so much about the universe we don't know, which means that in any project we have to use lots of creativity," says co-artist and multimedia producer Tim Pyle.
"It gives us a chance to get people excited about science," says Hurt. "If we do a piece of art that's successful, and people get curious and read the article that accompanies the artwork--that feels great."
STARTING ANNUAL SALARY: About $50,000
AVERAGE HOURS WORKED PER WEEK: 40
HOW "TO PREPARE: Study astronomy and art. Learn to use animation and graphics software, and then practice--a lot!
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|Date:||Dec 5, 2011|
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